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  • Customer Service: NOT

    - Wednesday October 31, 2007
    I saw a new example of my old pet peeve on Monday—an airport with almost no, repeat, no, signs directing strangers to the FBO. Then, when I finally found the FBO, it had no signs to let me know I was there. It was not a large airport, but large...
  • Ever Since Austin-Bergstrom Opened in 1999 ...

    - Thursday October 25, 2007
    ... general aviation groups have been clamoring for cheaper, broader access. A former U.S. Air Force base, Austin-Bergstrom replaced Robert Mueller Airport as the city’s aviation gateway. When ABIA opened, Mueller was closed. To heighten the impact...
  • Lawsuit Over Mechanics Pay

    - Thursday October 25, 2007
    AMT received a press release this past Monday. It discussed legal action being taken to increase mechanics pay at Great Lakes Aviation. There is a dispute going on between Great Lakes Aviation and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace...
  • It Has Hit The Fan, Big Time

    - Tuesday October 23, 2007
    The guvmint, folks, has been accused of a cover up. They are allegedly guilty of spending a few million of our—that’s mine and yours—money to fund an aviation safety study, which they then decided to hide and keep secret. Not only...
  • The Chamber, The FBO, & the Charter Company

    - Thursday October 18, 2007
    I saw something last week that I’d love to export to every airport in the country. The Chamber of Commerce of Greater Greenville, South Carolina, held an event for CEOs and presidents of local small businesses. They engaged me to speak, and they...
  • At Chicago Executive, the First VLJ for Charter ...

    - Wednesday October 17, 2007
    ... was put into service in late August by North American Jet. According to NAJ president Kenneth D. Ross, the response by the local market has been quite strong. North American Jet is a charter management company that has a fleet that includes Lear 35s...
  • Unmanned Aircraft Accident Investigation

    - Wednesday October 17, 2007
    Yesterday, the NTSB cited a wide range of safety issues as a result of its first investigation of an unmanned aircraft accident (To read the press release click here). NTSB chairman Mark V. Rosenker said the recommendations address “a wide...
  • My Visit to Queretaro

    - Thursday October 11, 2007
    This week, I visited Messier Services new maintenance facility in Queretaro, Mexico. The facility does landing gear and hydraulic component work for Bombardier CRJ and Airbus A320 aircraft, with expansion to 737NG and A300 components expected soon. I had...
  • The Latest Upstart Airline, ExpressJet ...

    - Wednesday October 10, 2007
    ... has airport directors at many mid-sized markets paying attention. A few weeks back, I heard ExpressJet CEO Jim Ream address airports at AAAE’s annual F. Russell Hoyt National Airports Conference in Tucson. Last week, I got to fly ExpressJet...
  • It's Magic

    - Wednesday October 10, 2007
    Since magic has been a hobby of mine for years, friends email me videos of some great magic acts. This week, someone sent a video of a wonderful magician named Criss Angel. In this video, Criss appeared to pass his entire body through a solid pane of...